The official student-run blog of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Insights On Site
A New Acquisition, Allegory in Rococo

A New Acquisition, Allegory in Rococo

Today’s post comes from Sergio Lozano, class of 2021 and Art Center Student Docent One of our most recent acquisitions at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is an eighteenth-century painting by French artist Jean-François de Troy (1679-1752) titled Allegory of Sculpture. De Troy was the son of portraitist François de Troy, whose connections allowed his...
Writing Box

Writing Box

Today’s post comes from Bella Dalton-Fenkl, class of 2020 and Art Center Student Docent The following poem should be read from bottom to top.
Looking at Loving

Looking at Loving

Today’s post comes from Gianna Samms, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent. Looking at Al Loving’s art in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is an active and intense experience. Strips of painted cardboard overlay each other, forming a brilliant collage of vibrant color and form. The work is not encased in a distracting...
Sonnet for Billy Name

Sonnet for Billy Name

Today’s post comes from Gabrielle Miranda, class of 2018 and Art Center Student Docent. andy warhol met billy name at a haircutting party and when andy died, billy was poor for a while sweet world, my god, now what’s a name for me? Billy, it was the word you called me with. paint it silver, you sighed with glee,...
An Unexpected Adventure

An Unexpected Adventure

Today’s post comes from Isa Pengskul, class of 2019 and Art Center Student Docent.   I have always walked past the painting Night Mirror by William Baziotes with a sense of indifference and a splash of contempt. The painting has been displayed on the wall adjacent to a doorway for as long as I’ve been a docent,...
Barbara Beisinghoff's Poetree

Barbara Beisinghoff’s Poetree

Today’s post comes from Delphine Douglas, class of 2018 and Art Center Multimedia Student Assistant. Barbara Beisinghoff, a German graphic artist, recently completed her residency at Vassar College. From September 29-October 16, Beisinghoff worked with the Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD) on a series of programming related to her practice as an artist, and the CAAD’s theme...
The Installation Process of "Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project"

The Installation Process of “Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project”

Today’s post comes from Lydia Wood, class of 2017 and Art Center Summer Pindyck Intern. This spring the Environmental Studies and American Studies programs offered a course called From the Natural History Museum to Ecotourism: The Collection of Nature. Taught by anthropology professor Anne Pike-Tay and artist Mark Dion, the class was half museum studies and...
Art Center Slow-Down

Art Center Slow-Down

Today’s post comes from Rosa Bozhkov, class of 2017 and Art Center Student Docent. On Wednesdays at three, we meet. Every week the student docents at the Art Center get to know just a little bit more about the gallery through a variety of exercises and events. There is always a surprise waiting for us on...
Winter Thoughts on a Truitt Summer

Winter Thoughts on a Truitt Summer

Today’s post comes from Deb Steinberg, class of 2014 and Art Center Docent. Anne Truitt’s Sorcerer’s Summer (1991) is an abstract, modern sculpture that develops a visual intensity through its bold planes of color and precise rectilinear form. From across the gallery, the wooden sculpture appears very simple and solid, characterized by its crisp right angles...
Uncovering The Four Ages of Man

Uncovering The Four Ages of Man

Today’s post comes from Rhyston Mays, class of 2016 and Multimedia Student Assistant. Valentin de Boulogne’s The Four Ages of Man (1629) hangs on the Art Center’s walls among other works from the seventeenth century. The first time I came across Valentin’s painting, I was not particularly intrigued. His style was familiar, like that of Michelangelo...
Piecing Together Parts of the Whole: Dawn's Wedding Feast Columns

Piecing Together Parts of the Whole: Dawn’s Wedding Feast Columns

Today’s post comes from Olivia Zisman, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. When I walk through the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s 20th Century gallery, Louise Nevelson’s Dawn’s Wedding Feast Columns always draw my attention. The monochromatic white sculptures seem to have an almost ethereal, otherworldly quality, standing enigmatically side-by-side and larger than life. The...
Angelic Gesture

Angelic Gesture

Today’s post comes from Justine Paradis, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. Barbara Hepworth’s Maquette for Winged Figure (c. 1940–1) was created, as the title suggests, as a preliminary model for a larger sculpture that was eventually installed on the second story exterior of the John Lewis Building on Oxford Street in London. The...